Monday, April 07, 2008

Hu Helps Win the Game

What else can I write that has not already been written? Last nights win was big. Derek Lowe was shaky, but he gave up only 2 runs on 5 hits. Our offense was nonexistent, but they were able to scrap up enough runs to win. Chin-Lung Hu ended up the as the hero of the game as he made a great defensive play to catch Brian Giles at third base in the 3rd inning and drove in the winning run in the 9th inning.

Hu will be one of those instrumental pieces that a ballclub needs in order to win a division. He is a master with glove, plays defense with great intelligence and can hit well enough to be a everyday starter.

Of greater concern, at least in the Dodger-centric blogger world, has been the outfield situation surrounding Juan Pierre and Matt Kemp. Tonight it is expected that Pierre will start in left field again. That would be 3 starts in the row, and 4 games out of the first 7. Matt Kemp has been on the outside looking in as our expected starting right fielder has been more friendly with the bench than the grass.

Are these recent moves something to be worried about yet? I don't think so. I have faith that Joe Torre with make the realization that we all have made- Matt Kemp has superior upside to that of Juan Pierre. That fact is as plain as day and Torre can do nothing but accept it. Sure, he will give Pierre an opportunity to get some swings (especially early on), but he knows that Matt Kemp will be our ultimate solution.

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